A 22-year-old listed as active-duty in the Air Force was gunned down Sunday night in Cedar Park. Police are still looking for the man who shot him point-blank after he got out of his car.
“I couldn’t get to my building because they had the firetrucks, crime scene tape and police officers everywhere,” said Michelle Robbins, who’s lived in Lakeline Villas, the complex where the shooting happened, for the past two years.
Robbins was coming home from the store when she drove right up to the active crime scene outside her apartment door.
“Okay, something happened. Something went down, I don’t know what! But I just want to get into my house, get into my apartment,” Robbins recalled her thought-process during those first moments when she saw police activity.
Pure panic shot through her as she wondered if her daughter, who also lives at the complex, was safe.
“She said she doesn’t even want to walk to the mailbox to get her mail. She’s that concerned,” Robbins said.
They are two of several neighbors who told me they feel afraid after the deadly shooting Sunday night which killed 22-year-old Austin Burroughs, an active-duty member of the Air Force.
Pierce Piland also saw the first responders from his apartment. “It was definitely shocking to see something like that happen here,” said Piland, who just moved to the Cedar Park area from Lubbock.
Piland said he’s not worried, however. “It kind of seems like a targeted situation so I’m not terribly concerned.”
Police are still looking for the shooter. They are asking everyone to stay alert.
“It’s going to definitely make me wary about walking to my car at night. In fact, I’ll be worried about walking to it during the day. Because you never know nowadays,” Robbins said.
Police say the suspected shooter is a black man with an average build, last seen wearing a red or orange hoodie, dark sweatpants and driving a silver hatchback. Police also say he could be armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
If you know anything about last night’s shooting, please call police.